• Senior Program Implementation Manager

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    Employee (Full-Time)
  • Position Overview

    Rare is an international non-profit organization committed to scaling behavior-centered solutions for conservation.  It is implementing a global initiative called Fish Forever, which is focused on coastal fisheries reform. Rare is about to embark on a new four-year grant, called “Fishing for Climate Resilience: Empowering vulnerable, fisheries dependent communities adopt ecosystem-based-adaptation measures to secure food and livelihoods”, under the German Environment Ministry’s International Climate Initiative (BMUB-IKI), which will be implemented in three (3) geographies: Indonesia, Micronesia (covering Palau, FSM and Republic of the Marshall Islands), and the Philippines.


    The project, which will employ the Fish Forever approach, is designed to empower vulnerable fisheries dependent communities in Indonesia, the Philippines and Micronesia to identify and implement ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) measures to restore and sustain small scale fisheries (SSF), conserve critical ecosystems and sustain the ecosystem services needed to enhance adaptive capacity, coastal protection, food security and livelihoods.  Proven behavior adoption strategies and trainings will strengthen human, technical and institutional capacity needed to reduce risks to the small-scale fisheries sector, build resilience and food security, as well as secure livelihoods. The project will incorporate EbA and disaster risk into coastal fisheries management and thus, mainstream EbA into community practice and relevant national strategies; facilitate access to existing climate financing mechanisms; and share lessons at relevant national and international forums.


    Position Summary

    Rare is looking build a small team of passionate individuals who are committed to the resources and communities in the Micronesia region, who will have the opportunity to be trained in globally proven behavior adoption approaches and be part of a comprehensive global coastal fisheries initiative, and who wish to build on and sustain the work beyond the life of the project. Therefore, individuals with citizenship, residency or relevant ties to the region are preferred.


    We are seeking to hire a Sr. Program Implementation Manager, who, working closely with Rare’s central program and training teams, will perform a key leadership and management role in the strategy, design, and implementation of Rare’s partnerships, programs and projects in FSM, Palau and RMI. He/she will be reporting to Rare’s VP for the Philippines and the Pacific, and shall perform the following range of duties and responsibilities:


    Program Management

    The Sr. Program Implementation Manager, leading two other in-country staff and supported by Rare’s central and Philippines-based teams, shall ensure effective delivery of Fish Forever and Fishing for Resilience goals in FSM, Palau and RMI. 


    • Work with partners and local governments to implement ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries management such as networks of reserves, managed access, community-based management, behavior change and data for decision-making) at 4-6 sites in FSM.
    • With his/her team, lead the implementation of the Fishing for Resilience roadmap, and ensure an optimal mix of interventions and program approaches aligned with on-ground partner capacity. Ensure that the work program in project sites follow design specifications, project models, and standards of Rare’s Fish Forever program.
    • With support from Rare’s global training hub, build capacity of local partners to manage coastal fisheries effectively
    • Work with local stakeholders to implement a state-wide campaign for ecosystem-based approaches to coastal fisheries management
    • Support work of partners to identify and advance pathways to integrating ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries management in policy and in local development plans
    • Provide 1st level subject matter expertise on marine protected area, governance and fisheries management topics and support delivery of capacity building activities


    • Support work of a Program Implementation Manager based in Palau, who will:
    • work with local stakeholders on a national awareness campaign for ecosystem-based approaches to coastal fisheries management
    • work with 1 site to implement these approaches at the community level
    • partner with the national government and other players to highlight small scale fisheries in the Our Oceans 2020 conference


    • Work with the Micronesia Conservation Trust and local stakeholders to convene a working group that will develop and implement a national awareness campaign on ecosystem-based approaches to coastal fisheries management
    • Provide coaching and mentoring to local partners in the course of campaign implementation


    Marine Governance & Management Support

    • Provide 1st level subject matter expertise on marine protected area, governance and fisheries management topics and support delivery of capacity building activities
    • Identify other needs and work with Rare’s global experts to secure additional technical support

    Program Representation and Partner Engagement

    As the primary representative of Rare in-region, the Senior Program Implementation Manager shall initiate, cultivate and manage key relationships with government, other NGOs, and key stakeholders. 

    Team Management, Monitoring & Reporting

    • The Senior PIM shall be accountable for monitoring the timeliness and quality of outputs in accordance with donor commitments and working with country and Fish Forever leadership to adaptively manage issues.
    • He/she shall be responsible for reporting on progress and milestones according to the global reporting framework in a complete and timely manner
    • She/he shall be responsible for overseeing the work of the Pacific team, and ensure effective collaboration and coordination within the team, and with other key Rare units, such as the Fishing for Resilience project management team, the central program and training teams, finance and operations.
    • Review, approve and report on the utilization of program budget in accordance with Rare financial management guidelines, processes and systems.


    Education, Work Experience, and Skills Requirement

    • A degree in marine or environmental science or related fields
    • A minimum of 6-8 years of program/project management experience in environment, marine/biodiversity conservation, fisheries or social development sectors. Climate change experience preferred.
    • Regional or multi-country project experience is preferred.
    • Proven application of program and project management processes, disciplines and tools
    • Experience working in Micronesia as well as issues related to the project (Ecosystems-based approach, Protected Areas, Marine/Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainable Fisheries Management, Climate Change/Resilience, Rights-based Fisheries) is preferred.
    • Proven ability to identify key resources and coordinate the sharing of information among stakeholders;
    • Effective in stakeholder management
    • Proficiency in the use of computers for: Word processing, basic accounting, managing databases, spreadsheets and familiarity on use of online project management tools;
    • Understand ethical behavior and business practices, and ensure that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization;
    • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization;
    • A good listener and strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.



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